Porgy and Bess

Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1959. Original US one sheet poster for the 1959 film "Porgy and Bess." Based on DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel "Porgy," its subsequent 1927 play adaptation of the same name written by Heyward and his wife Dorothy, and George Gershwin' 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess."

Dorothy Dandridge plays a prostitute addicted to cocaine in a fishing village in Charleston, South Carolina, who begins living with Sidney Poitier, a disabled man, but struggles with the ghosts of her previous life. Notable for its all black cast, partly at the insistence of the Gershwin estate.

Samuel Goldwyn's final project, the production of the film was plagued with trials, including difficulty in casting, a fire that destroyed all costuming and sets right before shooting was to begin, and a change of directors. Though winner of an Academy Award for Best Music, nominated for three others, and winner of a Grammy award for Best Soundtrack Album, the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, was given limited theatrical release, and was subsequently almost lost in its entirely, save for a 35mm copy owned by the UCLA archives and a few damaged 65mm and 70mm prints.

27 x 41 inches (105 x 89 cm), rolled. Near Fine, creased.

National Film Registry. Hirschhorn, p. 365.

[Book #134945]

Price: $225.00